BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Spiders in Our Backyard
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|Grade: 2nd Grade|
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
|Keywords: spiders, journals|
|Investigative Question or Issue: What kind of spiders are found in the woods near our school?|
Teachers offering this challenge will want to check the immediate environment of their school for the availability of an appropriate variety of spiders to support this project. Teachers will also want to prepare the support materials identified in the challenge (observations sheets for pasting in story notebooks)
Travel out into the woods and observe the habits of at least three different spiders in their natural surroundings. Enter your observations on the sheets your teacher gives you to put in your individual field journals (picture story notebooks).
With a partner and the help of your teacher, travel out on the Nature Trail and observe the habits of at least three different spiders in their natural surroundings. Enter your observations on the sheets your teacher gives you to put in your individual field journals (picture story notebooks).
As you record your observations, please be sure to record the following information:
Using a collection jar with magnifying lens, collect one spider for close observation. Look closely at this spider and record/sketch your observations in your field journal. Be sure to answer the following:
Based on your observations, write a narrative (about 3 or 4 sentences long) from the spider's point of view about what what it looks like, where it lives, and what its life is like. You are invited to be creative in this narrative. Maybe you might give your spider a name. Be sure to give lots of details about your spider when you write.
Please be prepared to present your narrative to the class and share your drawings with us.
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Field journal includes observations about spiders seen on Nature Trail walk. Information includes date and time, weather, location, appearance of spiders, activity of spiders, appearance of spider web.
Field Journal includes observations about one specific spider that has been collected. This information includes color of spider, number of legs, location of collection point, spider size, special identifying characteristics of spider
Field Journal includes illustrations about the spiders seen on the Nature Trail.
Field Journal includes illustrations about the collected spider
Narrative is written from the spider's point of view
Narrative is 3 or 4 sentences long
Narrative is creative, perhaps naming the spider.
Presentation describes observations made about the collected spider
Presentation is supported with illustrations showing the collected spider
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